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Spencer Bramson | CEO & Founder, ChatterMob

Spencer Bramson is the 23-year-old CEO and Founder of ChatterMob. After dropping out of Bentley University after this freshman year to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship, Spencer joined forces with David Yarus to start the marketing firm, Buzz University. Through orchestrating on-campus campaigns for Fortune 500 companies like Rockstar Energy and Milky Way, Spencer became more and more interested in word-of-mouth and consumer-based marketing. In 2011, Spencer left Buzz University to start influencers@, where he engages 18 to 24-year-olds through product samplings and promotions on behalf of brands like Procter and Gamble and Qdoba Mexican Grill. In 2012, he launched this most recent venture, ChatterMob, a market research website that allows businesses to ask users a series of question and in turn, quickly receive information and statistics. A rising entrepreneur, Spencer has been named 2011 Game Changer by Future Forward, 2012 Most Likable Entrepreneur by Likeable Media and one of 15 2012 Rising Stars under 30 by Boston Business Journal. He currently resides in Boston's South End and makes it known, that he will never turn down a game of Nerf gun wars.

Devlyn Brisson | Director of Category Management, Wayfair

Devlyn is the Director of Category Management at Wayfair,  the world's largest pure play e-commerce company for home furnishings and décor.   During her five-year tenure at Wayfair, she has had multiple opportunities to grow professionally in a host of vertically aligned positions.  She is presently responsible for overseeing a $150+ million P&L and seven product categories, as well as managing a team of Category Managers, Merchandising Managers and Buyers.  Other responsibilities include defining and driving a strategic vision for the businesses, growing profitable sales, brand management, overseeing vendor partnerships, and coordinating efforts across merchandising, advertising, sales and operations.  Prior to her current role, Devlyn formed and oversaw a New Markets team dedicated to incubating new category businesses for Wayfair.

Devlyn very much enjoys city living in Boston, and manages to spend time at the beach and in the mountains as free time allows.

David Brown | Executive Director, TUGG

David Brown is the Executive Director of TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing and spreading social entrepreneurship in New England. By harnessing the power of the region's technology ecosystem to source, screen and fund social innovation, TUGG helps young people to realize their full potential through entrepreneurship, education, and life experiences. Prior to TUGG, David held roles in for-profit and nonprofit management working both domestically and abroad. David holds an M.B.A, summa cum laude, from Babson College in Entrepreneurship and Finance, and a B.A.,with honors, from Williams College in Psychology with a Leadership Studies Concentration.

Chris Chiusano | Senior Web Designer, Constant Contact

Chris is a Senior Web Designer at Constant Contact living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he explores ways to create dynamic experiences through innovative design solutions. Chris joined Constant Contact in 2010. He's held various positions of increased responsibility with work ranging from brand development, motion graphics, print and web design.

Chris graduated from Stonehill College in 2009 with a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. While at Stonehill, Chris studied abroad in Florence, Italy. This experience shaped his outlook on art, design, and life. When he's not working, Chris spends his days playing guitar, writing and listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and having an occasional cigar and scotch in the North End of Boston.

Sasha Hoffman | Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Plastiq

Sasha Hoffman grew up splitting her time between New York (where she learned to wear stilettos by the age of 10) and California (where she fell in love with food and wine), and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles (where she performed around the world with a professional dance group).

After working for Gucci Group and designing handbags for Apprentice-launched Theresa Kathryn (luxury laptop bags), Sasha decided to follow her passion for business and fashion and joined the consumer retail investment banking practices of Lehman Brothers. In 2009, she moved to San Francisco and joined the Technology, Media and Telecom Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. (because Lehman went under and she was tired of eating dinner at midnight) where she advised on a number of M&A and capital markets transactions for such clients as Facebook, Yelp, Fusion-io, SanDisk, and more. In June 2012, she moved to Boston to join Plastiq where she is currently Head of Strategy & Partnerships (she has yet to buy snow boots or a winter coat because she's in denial).

Sasha is part of the Local Advisory Board of BUILD Boston, the Overseers Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, the Review Committee of the Greenlight Fund, is Youth CITIES mentor, and an instructor for the Startup Institute. Because she doesn't know how to sleep, in her free time you can find her traveling to wineries around the world, scuba diving, consulting for new restaurant concepts or doing yoga on the Esplanade.

Anum Hussain | Inbound Content Strategist, HubSpot

Anum Hussain is an inbound content strategist at HubSpot where she manages content-based campaigns for various company goals. Before joining the content team, Anum led the social media lead generation team at the company. This role helped shape her expertise in social media marketing, a common topic for her content pieces. In December of 2012 she launched a content campaign that broke company records, driving 1,700+ product trials in a single day.

Off-the-clock Anum is the director for MIST Boston, a nonprofit scholastic tournament for high school students. While she directs the Boston region, MIST (Muslim InterScholastic Tournament) is a national organization located in major cities across the U.S. and Canada. She is passionate about working with the youth community, countering the taunting that emerged after the Boston Marathon Bombings with an awareness campaign that attracted media hits from BBC, LA Times, and Gawker.

Soon after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Emerson College, Anum was recognized for her professional work when B2B Marketing Magazine named her one of ten 2013 rising stars in marketing.

Caitlin Jordan | Account Manager, Digitas

Caitlin is an Account Manager with Digitas, joining the company in 2010.  She currently leads day-to-day client relationships for both national and local brands. Most recently, she has worked with clients such as Aflac, Goodyear and more. Caitlin is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of multi-channel campaigns.  She has led efforts ranging from highly targeted direct mail campaigns to digitally-based, fully integrated brand activations that focus on increasing consumer awareness and driving conversations

Prior to joining Digitas, Caitlin was the Director of Client Management at Strega Marketing Group, a Boston-based start-up agency focused on branded entertainment and partnerships.

Caitlin holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BSBA in Marketing, summa cum laude, from Suffolk University. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, spending time with family & friends, and Boston sports.

Sam McElhinney | Account Manager, Google

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Sam began his career at Google in the medium business division and now works as an Account Manager for large financial services clients. Promoting a relentless focus on the customer and the digital landscape, Sam helps brands understand how to reach previously untapped customer segments. By collecting and then analyzing "big data," he helps companies understand customer behavior and desires in order to craft a digital messaging strategy --- one which highlights their brand equity and distinguishes them from competitors. At Google Sam has created integrated marketing strategies, leveraging Google search and display advertising, social media (Google+) and YouTube. Collaborating directly with clients to understand their business model, Sam designs these marketing strategies to focus on growing profits, not just revenues.

Sam received a B.A. from Dartmouth College with a certificate of distinction in Sociology. Currently, he is co-chair of the Boston arm of Google for Nonprofits, helping organize workshops to teach local nonprofits how to utilize free Google tools (advertising, analytics etc.) to scale their charitable missions. When he is not working to grow his clients' brands, Sam is watching the Red Sox, fishing with family or hiking in NH with friends.

Paige Salvia | Digital Media Supervisor, Hill Holliday

Paige is a Digital Media Supervisor at Hill Holliday. Over her four years with the agency, she has led client initiatives across display, mobile, social, paid search, and programmatic buying. Paige has experience with numerous verticals from healthcare to retail as well as varying client objectives from driving in-store sales to influential word of mouth.

While growing her career in the digital space, Paige has also assisted in building integrated teams within Hill that span traditional and digital media. Complementing the agency's agnostic view on connecting brands and consumers, Paige takes the same nimble approach to problem solving and finding solution for her clients.

Paige graduated Magnum Cum Laude with Communications Honors from Boston College, which just so happen to encompass two of her favorite things: communicating and Boston.

Harvey Simmons | Dean of Marketing Affairs, EverTrue

Harvey Simmons is the Dean of Marketing Affairs at EverTrue, a location-based networking and fundraising platform powered by LinkedIn and the social graph. EverTrue strengthens the communities of over 140 colleges, independent schools and other organizations globally. Since joining in Fall 2011, Harvey has lead marketing efforts at EverTrue with a specific focus on inbound lead generation for the Bain Venture Capital, TechStars and MassChallenge backed company.

Prior to joining EverTrue, Harvey worked in sales at Cambridge-based inbound marketing software company HubSpot, and preached the gospel of inbound marketing to colleges in the Boston area. While a student at Boston College, Harvey also created and orchestrated a marketing associate program to over fifteen campuses for BranchOut, a Silicon-Valley based career networking startup.

When not busy tweeting away from @hosimmons4, you can find Harvey running around Boston - both literally around the Charles training for his next 10K race or figuratively around the local tech scene, where he has launched events such as Raise the Rim and Techies Got Talent.

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